April 2020

Floral Wedding Trends for 2020

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: Meredith McCurdy Photography


Dani Seagle at Simply Southern Events and flowers by Jardinere Events

What’s blooming in weddings this year? We asked three local florists to tell us what they are seeing so far. Here’s what they said:

Dakotah Terrace
Jardiniere Events

At any given time, a large variety of trends are in circulation. We always encourage our brides to stay true to what they envision, but we also like to push the boundaries of what they’ve considered. After all, that’s why they’ve hired a professional—for honest feedback and knowledgeable guidance.

One of the biggest trends is the evolution of the ever-present blush pink color into a richer, “brown” tone. These coffee-tone roses and foliage feel fresh and different, and they work for every season. Paired with pinks and blues, it feels feminine and romantic. With burgundy and red, it feels bohemian and rustic.

Treated and preserved foliage is also an exciting new trend. These real stems have been bleached, painted, and/or treated to give a unique appearance and texture. Pampas grass is the most ubiquitous, but bunny tail, Plumosa fern, and sun palm are equally beautiful.

Bouquet streamers and shapes are trends that wax and wane quite a bit, to the point where we feel each is classic in its own right. Cascading bouquets dropped off a bit after Meghan Markle carried a petite nosegay at her wedding, but we’ve seen larger bouquets come back into fashion in a big way this year. They’re more architectural than before, and asymmetry is feeling very new and “now.” Streamers have transcended traditional satin, and we’re seeing an eclectic mix of velvet, silk, and chiffon of a variety of colors and lengths complete the bridal look.

Larger floral installations have been around forever but were typically reserved for a larger budget bride. Lately, brides are choosing smaller table centerpieces and more minimal ceremony decoration in order to have a statement piece hanging above their head table or dance floor. Chandelier décor is extremely popular, as it often incorporates an existing fixture in the room and eliminates the need to bring something in from a rental company or hang something new.

I wouldn’t worry too much about trends coming and going. If a design is beautiful and well-executed, it becomes timeless. I would discourage following a trend if a bride is feeling pressure to be “trendy.” Do what you love and what feels authentically “you” on your wedding day, and you can’t go wrong.

Angela Mandigo
Gardenias Event Floral & Circle of Life LLC

As we start to watch the first blooms of spring pop up around the Lowcountry, so too are the brides of 2020 with their wish books and unique ideas for their special day. The rustic look of mason jars with pops of floral accented wood pieces and the boho look of huge bridal bouquets with neutral and muted color palettes with mixture of metals, feathers and wood elements have started to fade away.

This year, the bride is looking for simple elegance with a garden flare. Many of our current brides went to a wedding in the last year expressing that all one could see was this huge bridal bouquet taking away from the bride and her wedding gown. Today’s brides are wanting a smaller sized bouquet but still with the slightly loose garden fashion. This look not only puts more focus on the bride and her timeless dress but will possibly help with pricing of the bouquet. The color palette is mostly white, cream with a pop of blush and greenery, with the favorite flower being the white Panda anemone along with peonies and ranunculus.

Others are opting for a tropical look with a variety of textures of monstera leaves, palm fronds and pops of bright color.

For the ceremony, brides are still opting for a square or rounded arch with greenery and floral of the wedding. If possible, these flowers can be transferred and re-used for areas in the reception area, saving on the bride’s overall budget.

Greenery is still a hot item for today’s bride. Combining different shades and textures of greenery adds interest and style to areas such as a chandelier or mantle area, bringing in the warmth of the outdoors.

Another trend is fairy lights! These can be added to lanterns, greenery, and centerpieces along with candlelight, adding that perfect romantic setting. Renting palm trees or ficus trees, with or without fairy lights, is also, a great way to add “life” to your reception area that will not cost an arm and a leg.

Mothers-in-law to be are also helping out by having floral pieces for the rehearsal dinner and re-using these items for the wedding, for the cocktail tables, or just that little addition to fill in where needed.

As floral designers of the industry, we strive to give our bride and groom the most perfect experience. After all the planning and designing, seeing a bride’s face light up when you hand the bouquet to her is the best feeling any designer can have. Enjoy your special day my sweet bride and make it your own to treasure!

Deborah Lamp
Flowers by Sue

Hello spring! It has to be one of my favorite seasons—everything budding and blooming, fresh and new. As a florist, we are already seeing great ideas for 2020. We feel our brides are looking for the unique, something different. Brides are placing more emphasis on the venue, creating a sense of place, rather than transforming it into something it’s not. To accomplish this, we see lots of requests for magnolia, wild southern Smilax, and Spanish moss. We find couples are requesting flowers locally grown and in season.

We are still seeing inspirations of tropical, bold colors, and the adding of citrus (clementine, kumquats, and lemons). We are also blending flowers such as Anthurium, birds of paradise, amaryllis, protea or Leucadendron with non-tropical or temperate flowers.

Another trend is creating a mixture of texture and color palettes. We are using a mix of greens, eucalyptus, ferns, lemon leaf, and different types of Ruscus or Pittosporum, creating centerpieces and bouquets that are unique and more abstract versus shaped and formed.

The season still plays a part, bringing the spring forest inside, with twigs, stems and berries. Quince and Forsythia seem to be the most popular this time of year. But everyone loves the classics—tulips, Irises, and lilac. 

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